Jason Trout of The Touchy Feelys joined Dr J in the studio for Your Tuesday Afternoon Alternative on Tuesday, January 18, 2022. This was our third new show of 2022. Jason talked about songwriting, working as a duo with Amanda Dawn Courts, their approach to recording and their debut record. The Touchy Feelys is an indie/folk band from Athens and Dayton, Ohio.
Their debut album BREAK-UP SONGS ABOUT STAYING TOGETHER was released on December 3, 2021. You can learn more about them on Facebook and Bandcamp. You can also contact them on email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The duo is also on Instagram as thetouchyfeelys.
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This week we joined in the studio with some incredibly authentic Americana musicians, The Touchy Feelys! Their latest record Breakup Songs about Staying Together is available now! Andrea Dawn Courts and Jason Trout — collectively known as The Touchy Feelys — are incredible songwriters and vocalists. The ability to create meaningful songs about the pressures, pushes and pulls of relationships and make those feelings understood within a prism of release for each listener is a rare talent. To call these songs evocative is to give a slender acknowledgement to the portent captured in this record. Produced, engineered and mixed by The Wizard Patrick Himes at Reel Love Studios in Dayton, Ohio, this record captures a raw authentic feel when two voices collide together around a swirl of guitars, drums, upright bass, piano and more. Our good friend Mr. Himes did incredible duty on this record! Patrick contributed drums, guitar, piano, organ, banjo, mandolin, omnichord, xylophone, vibraphone and pedal steel. Yeah, he helped out a little. But no matter the brilliant cacophony, without excellent songwriting and emotional singing, even the best of intentions would fall flat. We are happy to say that is not the situation here. These songs are the real deal.
Whether Andrea Dawn or Jason take the lead, there is an inescapable realization that these songs come from a genuine and authoritative vision. The best moments for me are when they sing together complimenting their individual strengths. Andrea Dawn has voice that draws from great roots voices of the past yet turns her phrasing around into something quite modern and relatable. Jason sings each song as if it is to be the last song he ever sings. These songs should be heard. Any fans of country, folk, Americana and roots music would be well served to give this album a passionate listen. Standouts on the record for us at YTAA include the driving ‘Hard Time,’ the rollicking “If You Weren’t My Lover,” the propulsive “Left Me Lonely” and the pensive “On High Lullaby.”
We are looking forward to speaking with them this week in the studio! Join us from 3-6pm on Your Tuesday Afternoon Alternative on WUDR Flyer Radio.
2021 was a solid year for independent music which is quite remarkable given the challenges that we all faced. Music has always existed as a way for us to process the dilemmas, struggles and losses that we face in life.
We are very excited for 2022 on Your Tuesday Afternoon Alternative! Our 18th year doing this radio show is shaping up great! Next week on January 4th we start strong right out of the gate with special guests Lavender Honey on the YTAA program! Their atmospheric funky electro dream pop debut comes out early in the new year. Their single ‘In The Evening‘ can regularly be heard on the show! You can keep up with their plans on twitter, Instagram and their webpage.
Then our pal Paul Monnin of Age Nowhere joins us on January 11th to talk about the terrific sophomore effort ‘Age Nowhere Strikes Again‘! We were blown away by the texture and real feeling of this band’s first record, Airport Sounds. The follow-up album is another example of the fine variety of music that is consistently released on Magnaphone Records! Authentic country music is all too rare these days. You can keep an eye on Age Nowhere on Instagram! And we suggest that you do so! Tune in on the 11th and hear Dr. J chat with Paul about the new record from them!
A week later on January 18th The Touchy Feelys come in and chat about their excellent new album – ‘Break Up Songs about Staying Together‘ which was produced by The Wizard Patrick Himes at Reel Love Studios! In fact, Patrick was involved with that new music from Age Nowhere, Neo American Pioneers, The New Old-Fashioned and more this past 2021. The Touchy Feelys play with well… passion and feeling that capture the weight and of relationships. You can learn more about their music on their bandcamp page! They are also on Instagram – you have to love the video of them slicing the cake with the cover of their new record on it!
The month concludes with our good friend Tom Gilliam in the studio for our annual memorial program! As is the case every year, Tom joined us for our annual indie holiday effort, made suggestions for our ‘faves’ of 2021 shows and is kind to join us to reflect on the musicians and artists who left this realm in the past year.
And the train keeps rolling down the track because in February as we have Samantha J King in the studio to talk about her new single — coming out you on January 7th! — and playing a few songs acoustic live for us. Then later in the month of love we have Kurt Lee Wheeler in the studio to discuss his amazing record ‘On Our Way‘ and playing a show at Yellow Cab Tavern! Don’t worry, we will be talking about these upcoming shows soon.